MALACAÑANG on Sunday said President Rodrigo Duterte did not mean to attack the integrity of the Commission on Appointments when he said “lobby money” was involved in the rejection of his choice for Environment secretary, Regina Lopez.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President only meant to highlight the existence of “certain vested interests” in the appointment of government officials.
This, he added, did not in any way diminish the integrity of the CA.
“Some members of the commission decided according to principle and conscience and even came out to explain their votes,” said Abella.
“The President respects the independence of the Commission on Appointments,” he added.